John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident.
His work has appeared in Poem, Spindrift, Tribeca Poetry Review, the horror anthology, “What Fears Become”, Potomac Review, Hurricane Review and Pinyon. His work has also appeared in Old Red Kimono, Alimentum, South Carolina Review, The Pedestal, Prism International, Big Muddy, Slant, Southern California Review and Natural Bridge with work upcoming in the Kerf, Leading Edge and Louisiana Literature.
► John's Origami microchaps are available below. Download the single-page PDF and print/fold.
|Small World Made Large|
Cover art: Azteca
by Helen Burke
Talk flamed out. Radio incoherent.
John Grey © 2017
Cover: Newport Gate
by Kevin Keough
I remember my grandmother
who, after a lifetime of noonday-sun-avoidance,
had skin like pink porcelain,
not a wrinkle to be had
and yet, no mistaking her for someone younger.
For she was old like sea-glass or shells,
like the outside walls of the Providence courthouse
or the various architectural splendors
of the east side, or trees like birch
that turn shiny silver when they hit their century.
She was strong, not from muscle and bone,
which were frail when I knew her,
but of years lived, of tales recounted,
of people she knew and could, even then, remember.
Other people died young.
But she lived well into her nineties.
As her days wore on,
time found her increasingly necessary.
John Grey © 2015